MPCA strategic plan

The MPCA's five-year strategic plan charts the agency’s direction and reflects insight gathered from external stakeholders and thoughtful review from agency staff and management.

PDF icon Strategic plan and long-term goals (p-gen1-21)



Reduce chloride (salt) entering surface waters and groundwater.


Accelerate prioritized and targeted reductions in nutrient pollution by integrating strategies with local watersheds.


Achieve wastewater pollutant reduction goals and maximize cost-effectiveness of public infrastructure investment.



Reduce food waste from households and businesses by generating less and rescuing and recycling more.


Identify and address emerging risks by completing assessment of backlogged contaminated sites.


Prevent and reduce risks to groundwater from unlined construction and demolition landfills.



Improve air quality in population centers.


Offset excessive emissions and advance diesel reductions via the Volkswagen Settlement.


Reduce air permitting backlog.


Reduce Minnesota’s greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.

Cross agency


Incorporate strategies to address environmental justice concerns in all programs.


Increase involvement of communities in decisions and actions that affect them.


Act on opportunities to increase resilience of communities and the environment to climate change impacts.



Increase the diversity of the agency’s workforce, through best efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention.


Accelerate the availability of data and information in a self-service format.


Improve agency’s ability to identify, manage and sustain organizational improvement.

Our long-term goals


  • Water quality is maintained or improved.

  • Water quality meets statewide goals.

  • Pollution to Minnesota surface waters and groundwater is reduced or prevented.


  • Solid waste is managed to conserve materials, resources, and energy.
  • Contaminated sites are managed to reduce risks to human health and the environment and allow continued use or reuse.


  • Ensure ambient air quality is better than air quality standards and benchmarks.
  • Reduce Minnesota’s contribution to global mercury levels.
  • Reduce Minnesota’s contribution to global concentrations of greenhouse gases.
  • Reach natural visibility conditions in Minnesota’s national parks and wilderness areas.

Cross agency

  • Disproportionate negative impacts from pollution are reduced or prevented.